City Hall: National government to buy ARMM properties in Cabatangan Print
Friday, 08 June 2018 16:16

By Remus Ong

The national government will buy the 71.90-hectare property in Cabatangan belonging to the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, according to a statement released by City Hall.

The statement was reportedly based on a text message sent by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana to Zamboanga Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco which reads:” PRRD (President Rodrigo Roa Duterte) said government will buy Cabatangan”

Climaco herself confirmed the message in an announcement yesterday.

She said that Sec. Lorenzana informed her via text message about the meeting that he had with House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and Majority Floor Leader Rep. Rodolfo Fariñas together with Armed Forces Chief of Staff Gen. Carlito Galvez Jr. about the Cabatangan issue.

Climaco described the latest development as “positive news” saying that she had constantly lobbied for the city’s non-inclusion in the BBL and the return of the regional center to Zamboanga.

Last May 22, Climaco handed over a letter to Sec. Lorenzana containing the list of ARMM properties located in Cabatangan which she had reportedly lobbied for transfer back to the local government of Zamboanga.  (Remus Ong)